International design competition to reimagine UK rail stations
July 15 2020
Network Rail has partnered with the RIBA to invite proposals for a new generation of small and medium-size rail stations to provide a better interface between the network and the communities it serves.
Solutions must apply to new build stations as well as suitable for retrofitting existing sites, addressing changing travel needs in light of the Coronavirus, climate and ecological emergencies.
Anthony Dewar, head of buildings and architecture at Network Rail, said: “Fostering creativity and developing an outward-looking, collaborative culture is a key priority for Network Rail, so I’m delighted we are hosting this competition, which gives designers a unique opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on our railway and improve the journeys of millions of passengers through quality design. "Our ambition is to raise the quality of design across the whole rail network as well as responding to the evolving role of infrastructure within communities."
The international competition is open to all architects, engineers and designers with a deadline for submissions set for 15 September. Up to three finalists will then be invited to enter into a contract with Network Rail to develop non-site specific detailed designs which could, potentially, form the basis of new stations at a future date.
The competition coincides with moves by Network Rail to demolish the disused Strathbungo Station in Glasgow, sparking efforts by the local community to save it.
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